Your Help Needed In Earthquake Crisis Response

Dear Friends,

PIP and our partners need your urgent help to get food and critical supplies to rural communities hardest hit by the August 14 earthquake.  With over 1,900 deaths, thousands of homes destroyed, and extensive environmental damage, compounded by Tropical Storm Grace, these communities are now likely to face severe hunger, child malnutrition, and increased health risks, including the spread of Covid-19. 

While this suffering is widespread in the Southern Peninsula of Haiti, I want to assure you that our partners and their communities in the Ouest, Centre, and Artibonite departments are okay and that together we continue to monitor the ever-changing situation.  

Since Saturday, we have been diligently working to determine what aid is needed and where.  As a result, I’m reporting today that our compasionate and resilient partners stand ready to provide relief in the hardest hit areas.  

Your help is desperately needed to implement the following village-to-village emergency response plan:

  • Local organizations and farmers from nine communities collaborating in the Farmer-to-Farmer Initiative of the Konbit Vanyan KapabAgroecology Project will provide emergency response in the form of food relief and supplies to rural areas most affected.  
  • Corn, beans, and peanuts will be purchased from Konbit Vanyan Kapab farmers.  Rice will be purchased from local rice growers in the Artibonite Valley.  
  • Urgently needed medical, hygiene, and other supplies, prioritized by local leaders and NGOs working in the affected communities, will be acquired by our team and partner organizations.
  • In close collaboration with local groups and NGO’s working in the affected communities, PIP and our Haiti partners will coordinate transportation and the distribution of food and supplies. 

Our community-based partners are uniquely situated to lead this humanitarian response due in part to your past financial support.  Because they have been able to increase and diversify crop production and because of the love they have for country and the environment, Konbit Vanyan Kapab farmers ably responded to several community crises last year and are now positioned to respond to this urgent need for emergency food relief.  Through cross-community sharing, the community-based partners we work with have built an inspiring capacity for being responsive to the needs of their communities.  This is resilience.  This is emergency response-building.  

Please join us in this emergency response with a donation today.  In addition to providing desperately needed food and supplies, you will be helping farm families by “purchasing local.” You will also be supporting farmers taking a leadership role in mobilizing and bringing vital aid to the southwestern villages most impacted by the earthquake.  

Thank you very much! Mesi anpil!

Michael Neumann
Executive Director
Partners In Progress
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Pittsburgh, PA 15238 

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